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PM Narendra Modi asks states to report COVID-19 numbers transparently

He also said that the rural areas should be the focus of the healthcare workers and testing and surveillance should be increased in the villages to check the spread of the pandemic.

A COVID-19 patient receives free oxygen Source: PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (May 15) chaired a high-level meeting with the top officials of the country regarding the COVID-19 situation. During the meeting, the Prime Minister was briefed over the increased testing capacity of the nation. Testing hs gone up from 50 lakh tests per week in early March to around 1.3 crore tests per week said PMO officials.

Officials also said that the positivity rate in Indian has gone down drastically in the previous days due to the efforts of the healthcare workers, state and central government.

The Prime Minister also urged the states to report on their COVID-19 numbers with full transparency without the fear of high number of cases.

He also said that the rural areas should be the focus of the healthcare workers and testing and surveillance should be increased in the villages to check the spread of the pandemic.

With rural areas facing the brunt of COVID-19’s second wave the PM also called for establishing a distribution plan for Oxygen Concentrators.

He also issued instructions of using the ventilators that were lying unutilised in the hospitals.

“Officials briefed PM about the vaccination process and the state-wise coverage of 45+ population. The roadmap for future vaccine availability was also discussed. He directed officials to work closely with states to ramp up the speed of vaccination,” said the PMO.

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